• A desperate hunt for the middle classes

    Labour’s threat  to end “generous state subsidies” for private schools may be well meaning, but will end up harming the least well off It was only a matter of time before Labour launched an attack on the independent sector. The general election is just months away, and given that several senior Tories have recently blown

    8.58 Nov. 26th, 2014 | Opinion

  • Grammar schools should not be 'taboo' says Boris Johnson

    Boris Johnson today called for more grammar schools at The Mayor’s Education Conference. Speaking at City Hall, the Mayor of London called for more competition in education, suggesting that politicians should look again at introducing selective grammar schools. In answer to an audience member’s question, the Mayor said: “Competition in children is inevitable and the

    17.14 Nov. 21st, 2014 | News

  • Selective schools are not what this country needs, says Clegg

    The deputy prime minister has spoken out against the creation of “new” grammar schools following two councils’ moves to open “satellite” grammar campuses. Speaking at the Skills Show, Nick Clegg (pictured) told Schools Week he did not believe selective schools were the way forward. His comments come after Kent County Council resubmitted plans to open

    6.00 Nov. 21st, 2014 | News

  • Ros McMullen, chief executive, LEAF

    Sitting across from Ros McMullen, it is hard to imagine the headteacher of one of the most successful turnaround schools in Yorkshire as a teenage political activist in the 1970s. But that young rebellious streak undoubtedly got her to the top – and is what continues to drive her. “I was never going to become

    6.30 Nov. 11th, 2014 | Features

  • Morgan ‘not looking at’ assisted places or new grammar schools

    The education secretary Nicky Morgan has said she is ‘not looking at’ the return of assisted places or new grammar schools, after rumours emerged Number 10 were considering it. Speaking on a panel at a Policy Exchange Conservative Party fringe event this week, former director of policy at 10 Downing Street James O’Shaughnessy was quick

    6.00 Oct. 3rd, 2014 | News

  • Social mobility manifesto puts fairer school admissions at its heart

    An education think-tank has published its manifesto and calls for school places to be allocated by ballot or ability banding. The Sutton Trust today released its ten-point Mobility Manifesto ahead of the party conferences, in the run up to next year’s general election. In doing so it supported “greater use of ballots (random allocation) or

    0.01 Sep. 11th, 2014 | News

  • Settle down — it's a non-announcement from Nicky Morgan

    Last week, as many teachers sweated through their first day back in the classroom, education secretary  Nicky Morgan dropped a bombshell. Or did she? The furore kicked off when the Guardian’s Patrick Wintour released an article beginning with the phrase:“Compulsory setting according to ability in England’s secondary schools is to be proposed by the education secretary, Nick Morgan, in

    6.04 Sep. 9th, 2014 | Opinion